So if you have found more than one type of cockroaches scurrying around your house then it is quite likely that a whole load more are hiding away between floorboard or in the walls.
However don’t despair, they are only insects after all and not as clever as humans. There are a few other species that are similar but are found in the home a little less often.
Identifying these roaches is pretty easy and can aid in extermination techniques:
Growing up to 25mm in length, with a reddish-brown color and single stripe on the head these big punks love the taste of liquor and can often be found in drinking establishments or under your sofa if you fell asleep with a beer in your hand again! They can live for around 1 and a half years and have an incubation period of 6 to 8 weeks.
Identifying your bug could be the first step in eradication and control.
Sporting a nice tan/brownish color and two lighter stripes on the back of its head, this little insect can grow up to around 15mm in length and is probably the fastest breeding of the home pests. The incubation period is about 30 days and around 30-40 nymphs can be born. Living for around 6 months one roach can become 30,000 in just a year.
A bit bigger than the other roaches the sluggish Oriental Roach grows to around 25mm in length, which is pretty big. They move more slowly than expected and are a dark brown/black color with a shiny body.
Living in dark damp areas and sometimes known as a ‘waterbug’, they are most likely to be found in cellars or damp mulch. Incubation can last 2 months with about 15 eggs hatching and they can each live for up to 2 years. Generally slower than their German cousins, but still a worry.
The trick here is to basically deter cockroaches from using your home as their home, and at the same time, you need to try and find a way to destroy their nest so that they don’t keep coming back.
Cockroaches like moist, dark and damp areas to hide in, with easy access to food and water. Often, a kitchen or a bathroom provides exactly what they need so these are the likely places that you will find them or evidence of them.
Seek out droppings in corners and cupboards. Sometimes they can look like mouse droppings but if you have seen a roach scurrying around you can almost be sure they belong to them. Also, look for any cracks and places that the roaches may be used to get into your property.
Once you have their paths mapped out it can help in the control.
You need to clean everything, sanitize worktops and make sure no food crumbs or still water is left around for them to feast on. This includes wiping sinks dry and drying washing up that has been left to drain.
You then need to bait them with something that they can take back to the nest so the problem can be dealt with at the source.